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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue (1974)















Starring:
  • Michael Moriarty
  • Eric Laneuville
  • Paul Sorvino

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This is a rare and interesting film and sadly rarely seen. It has a great cast - Moriarty and Sorvino, and a great retro blaxploitation look. The script is highly literate as well. The story centers on a white cop who kills a black mugger in cold blood. He doesn't realize that the entire episode was filmed by a black film student. The student takes the opportunity to torment the cop - and indeed follows the cop and makes a documentary about him documenting his empty life.

The filming of the shooting recalls the Rodney King incident, where a videographer filmed cops beating a black motorist. The black filmmaker reminds you a lot of Spike Lee. This film, like "Do the right thing" ends with blacks rising up in revenge - anticipating the reaction of blacks in the wake of the Rodney King trial.

An interesting time capsule of the late 70's, and still very timely.

2 comments:

Daniel McGuire said...

My father, Dennis McGuire, directed this film. I keep hoping that Spike Lee or Quentin Tarentino will discover it, because it is way ahead of its time. We still have a 35mm print, and wonder where we should archive it.
Yours
DAN MCGUIRE

Mike said...

Dan,

Is there anyway I could contact you about this film?

Thanks!

Mike

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